Regional Conference on Industrial Development Unlocked The 4th Industrial Revolution for Developing Countries

Bali, 8 November 2018 - In order to promote industrial development and encourage Industry 4.0 in developing countries, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, cq. The Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) held a "Regional Conference on Industrial Development #RCID: " Unlocking the Potential of Industrial 4.0 for Developing Countries" in Bali.

#RCID was officially opened by the Minister for Industry, Airlangga Hartarto and the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, AM Fachir, and UNIDO Director General, Li Yong. The two-day conference will be attended by numbers of developing countries in the Asia Pacific region.

" Industrial sector nowadays is very dependent on business transformation, especially towards the fourth industrial revolution so called Industry 4.0. This transformation performance both in international and domestically is central to the economic growth and competitiveness of countries. stated Minister Airlangga.

Indonesia has officially launched a roadmap called "Making Indonesia 4.0". The launch was inaugurated on April 4, 2018 by President Joko Widodo. This roadmap will be the key to driving high-value and high-tech downstream industries to become competitive players in the new global context.

In "Making Indonesia 4.0", there are five priority sector sectors: food and beverages, automotive, textile, electronics, and chemicals. These are important sectors in the world economy and Indonesia must be one of the leading global players in these sectors.

#RCID is aimed to be a place to exchange experiences, views, knowledge, and effective steps in answering the technical challenges of implementing the 4th Industrial Revolution. Moreover, this conference is also expected to be a platform in the Asia Pacific region & as a way to encourage collaboration between the government, business people, academics, and related stakeholders to accelerate the implementation of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

In his remarks, Vice Minister Fachir stressed that 4th Industrial Revolution is an opportunity to drive the economic engine, reduce poverty, and improve people's lives. The potential of Industry 4.0 will provide tangible benefits if stakeholders respond with in a comprehensive, inclusive and within the spirit of the global partnership.

Vice Minister Fachir also mentioned the importance of capacity building cooperation between countries in the Asia Pacific region. "The Industry 4.0 must be our means of achieving global targets, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030."

In accordance with Vice Minister Fachir, Director General of UNIDO, said that cooperation between stakeholders on Industry 4.0 technology is very important for the successful adoption of Industry 4.0. In that spirit, RCID will take benefit of best practices by countries in the region that have successfully implemented Industry 4.0.

In the next session, Director General of Multilateral Cooperation, Febrian A. Ruddyard shared his view on “Industry 4.0 – Challenges, Opportunities, Drivers and Outlook" as one of the speakers in #RCID's main event together with Dr. Ngakan Timur Antara (Ministry of Industry) and Jouke Verlinden (TUDelft Netherlands)

Responding to this, DG Ruddyard reiterated that digitalization and technology as essential elements of Industry 4.0 will highly contribute to the attainment of different elements in the SDGs, among others, like Health, Education, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

By taking advantage of being the host of organizing RCID this time, Indonesia has increasingly emphasized its steps and role as in between developing countries which currently implementing the 4th Industrial Revolution in the Asia Pacific region.

On the sideline of RCID, the Government of Republic of Indonesia and UNIDO signed the amendment of Country Program 2016-2020 to further sharpen collaborative programs regarding implementation of Industry 4.0 initiated by the Government of Indonesia and UNIDO.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs​